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        AskWoody Plus

        Does a logon password deter outside threats. In other words, if I’m not concerned with someone getting physical access to my computer, is a long complicated password necessary? For example, between motherboard drivers and other software, I have about 40 pieces of software to install on a fresh install of Windows. That’s a lot of rebooting and entering the password. Granted, I only do a fresh install at most twice a year. But using a balanced power plan for me means the screen turns off in ten minutes and hard drives shut off in 30. So a lot logons happen. I have long passwords for my backup images and email backups and I’m wondering when they are really needed. I hope this was the right area to ask this question. The security area didn’t seem correct for this question.

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        AskWoody MVP


        I believe it does. However, I can’t prove it…

        To get around the password problem I use Sysinternals AutoLogon. Once activated it automatically enters your password upon logon. However, if your computer goes to sleep you still have to enter the password to get back in. Works great for me.

        HTH 😎

        May the Forces of good computing be with you!


        PowerShell & VBA Rule!
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          AskWoody Plus

          You can of course choose to not need a pw to resume


          Just because you don't know where you are going doesn't mean any road will get you there.
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        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        No, it does not protect you from a knowledgeable attacker.
        You need to encrypt the hard drive to fully protect your stuff.

        I would use a PIN to protect my PC and have an encrypted disk – a 5 or 6 digit PIN will take a long time to break and is fine for mere mortals with no state secrets to hide. 🙂
        Obviously, you would have a better password on your password manager.

        cheers, Paul

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